Tennis Retirement betting rules explained.

by admin on February 16, 2014

Julien Benneteau injuredAn important thing to mention with tennis betting is how retirements in tennis matches are graded by the sportsbooks.

Not all Sportbooks grade the the same way. So we thought we would explain how tennis retirement betting rules are important.

There are 4 different distinct methods used. Below you will find a list of these, along with a list of the common Sportsbooks and which method they use and a summary at the end detailing why you should consider this in the first place when betting on tennis.

(1) POINT PLAYED: A small number of online Sportsbetting companies will payout on a winner or grade your bet as a loss if you backed the retiree if the match has started and at least one point has been played. Some of the more popular Sportsbooks that use this format include: Bwin, Coral, Interwetten and Ladbrokes.

(2) 1 SET COMPLETED: Most of the big popular books use this rule or the match complete rule. Books that grade games as a win or loss if one set has been completed are: 5Dimes, Betfair, Betfred, Betonline, Matchbook, Pinnacle and Unibet. If a set has not been completed, the bet is voided and your money is returned to your account.

(3) 2 SETS COMPLETED: Only a small number of books apply this rule with retirees. Jetbull, The Greek and Heritage are the most popular ones.

(4) MATCH COMPLETE: As mentioned above, most books either grade on 1 set complete or the whole match has to have been completed to be graded one way or another. At any time during the match if a player retires all bets are voided. Sportsbooks that grade with this rule are Bet365, Centrebet(and most Australian sportsbooks), Paddy Power, SBObet, Stan James, William Hill and Victor Chandler.

Why should it matter what rule the Sportsbook I bet on tennis uses?

First of all, retirements in tennis are a lot more common than you may think. The season is long and given some tournaments have higher prizemoney and ranking points on offer than others, players quite often retire if they have a small injury in small tournaments to ensure they are fit and healthy for the ones that really count. The season can be a grind and managing their bodies through the whole season is important.

There is nothing worse than losing a bet or having it voided when a retirement occurs in a tennis match, so you should always know what rule your Sportsbook uses and consider if a retirement is possible before betting.

Players coming back from injury, or playing in small tournaments and getting a minor injury during a match may make it more likely that they will retire than if they were playing say in a Grand Slam, where the prizemoney is much larger and the ranking points so good, that they will battle through even if they are not able to play the net round if they win.

You want to bet on these players at Sportsbooks that follow the match complete rule to be safe.
Some players are more prone to retiring than others. Nadal for example will battle through a match regardless if he is slightly injured whereas a player like Czech tennis player Jaroslav Pospisil is renowned for retiring quite often, many times in suspicious circumstances.

An amazing 9% of all matches lesser known Mexican player Daniel Gorza resulted in retirements, with it being Gorza himself 75% of the time. You don’t want to be riding a bet on him at a first point or set book I can tell you!

Statistically, approximately 3%, or 3 out of every 100 matches on tour result in a match being completed with a retirement.

A tournament such as the Australian Open for example, that is played in the height of the Australian summer where on court temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celcius has a higher percentage of retirements with many players not able to cope with the heat at the start of the tennis season. Conversely, the French Open, being played on the softer clay in temperate conditions results in lower numbers of matches that have a retirement.

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